40 Yr., Old Requiring RRevision - San Diego, CA

Both my husband and I independently began to...

Both my husband and I independently began to search top surgeons roughly a year ago. However, our search would always bring us back to the same doctor, and that was Dr. Tom Pousti in San Diego, California. From the office staff to the surgery center, everyone was delightful. I felt the care, connection and pride from the moment I made my consultation. My prescriptions were easy to fill, my concerns were respected, thoroughly discussed and assessed, and the surgical center was extremely well prepared, clean and top notch to say the least. Having grown up in a family filled with medical professionals, I was quickly drawn to the level of high cleanliness, state of the art instruments and tools, and a fantastic surgical team, which leads me to the anesthesiologist. She was wonderful! She knew exactly how much anesthesia to provide me because not once did I feel nausea post-op. As a matter of fact, I did not feel any pain post-surgery; obviously there was discomfort and pressure, for which I did take the Percocet and Valium, but only for 2 days after the surgery. Thereafter, my recovery was bearable. What I did have to endure for roughly 10 days was one drain beneath the right breast. Typically, these are removed within a few days, but because I was draining well over 20 MLs a day, we wanted to error on the side of caution considering the capsulectomy involved extracting a good amount of scar tissue to ensure that most of the silicone that had leaked was also removed.
In short, I recommend Dr. Pousti because he cares about what is best for the patient in all aspects; health and beauty. My goal was to choose a doctor that was not going to jeopardize my health for the sake of another patient, but rather one that was going to treat me as his own family member, and I felt this the moment I went into the operating room. His voice was what I needed to hear to know that I was in good hands. And he reassured me of this, and I was; calm and comforting. God bless this doctor's hands, mind and the rest of his team. For we know that although these are procedures that will enhance our body image, at the same time, they are medical procedures that involve general anesthesia and to some degree, risks.

2 and 4 wk., Post-Op., 600 up to 1070 cc

Getting there day by day. Right arm struggles to stay up right when I challenge it to do so, for it endured the most, meaning the right breast. Will add immediate Post-Op soon as well as 5 wk., 6 and so on. Also, be sure to stay upright. I found myself not standing upright often and this is because they are much heavier now, so every chance I get remind myself to straighten out. Also, I'm still in the suppression bra, hopefully by my 5th week Post-Op I will be able to transition over to something else. And last but not least, I've not been able to shower, meaning from head to toe. I wash my hair in the sink and finish my lower body in the shower, but my neck and face is over the sink; this is due to the incision still requiring to be taped up. Hopefully this too will change next week. Alright, I will continue to update.
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

My interactions with Dr. Pousti and his staff have been very pleasant and comforting. Since my procedure on July 19th (4 weeks ago), they have not seized to call me everyday, or every other day to see how I am doing. Thus the level of service and personal care has been unconditional and loving. Emotionally, the recovery has been very lengthy, but only because I traveled for an extensive amount of time to an under-developed country, then upon my trip I developed jet-lag, which led to a few days under the weather and then immediately after that I had my surgery. Then, 9 days later, I was scheduled to begin training and a lot of reading for a new position I had committed to prior to my decision. Therefore, if I can give any of you some personal-professional recommendation, it would be to make sure you set aside a good two to three months for the physical and emotional recovery this particular procedure requires, and try have about a week or two of down time prior to the procedure. During this time, you can concentrate on meditation, avoiding any illnesses, decisions that will require constant attention, etc. Now, keep in mind, my procedure was not your typical breast augmentation, mine required a capsulectomy, replacement due to rupture and leakage, thus perhaps that is why it was more traumatic. Also, perhaps when I was 23 and 30, when I went through my first and second procedure, I was younger, and less worried; as Dr. Pousti put it, you can now appreciate and understand this type of procedure now that you are older- I know what he meant. Where as then I only had about 4 days of down time. This time around, I have felt more in-tuned, and because I know what the procedure entailed, I knew how important it was to care from my drain, the importance of eating a balanced meal, and caring for my emotional well-being. Vanessa and Daisy knew what I was going through every time we spoke. They were comforting and always reassured me that little by little I would begin to feel better. In short, I cannot feel more grateful with Dr. Pousti and his staff. He was truly a blessing and my family and I are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive his care.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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